We were lucky to stay at FranRick last week. My husband "backed" out at the last minute due to injury, leaving my 13 year old daughter and myself to go it alone skiing. It could not have worked out better. We were greeted and transported comfortably from Grenoble Airport by Sophie, one of the Kick Ski staff and were friends before we got to Vaujany.
The apartment (FranRick 4) was bright, clean and warm, with so many extras we didn't actually need. There was no TV aerial so we borrowed the DVDs after our evening meal, and it was lovely not to be tuning in to all the bad news at home. Slippers and bathrobes provided along with some toiletries. the beds were comfy and linens/towels top notch.
We were only 12 at the lodge last week, all Brits. A better 12, I can't imagine.(although reading other reviews it seems KickSki do attract nice people) We were fortunate to enjoy the company of our fellow guests at meal times and that makes the excellent cuisine all the more enjoyable.
Cuisine..yes you do get very hungry skiing all day and this is obviously expected by FranRicks very talented kitchen staff. Each of our four nights an extremely tasty, varied and nicely presented four course dinner(preceeded by canapes) along with an adequate top up of nice wine, outmet our needs. Breakfast too, was lovely. Cereals, juices, fresh bread and pastries and cooked alternatives if required. It was also fun to come back to FranRick off the slopes and help ourselves to yummy cakes and hot drinks. You can't wish for better then this.
The ski hosting offered during your first three days is invaluable. I would have been nervous to set off without this, as there is so vast an area to ski and you do have to be aware of last lift times. All 12 of us partook, with Wendy(Chalet Manager) as host on our first day. Fortunately for my daughter and I, this set the scene and we guests then all stayed together for our entire three days, which absolutely made our holiday fun and challenging and more enjoyable.(Thanks, you know who you are!!)
Darren, KickSki owner has obviously invested not only money, but his full time and consideration to the enjoyment of his guests. He also has a knack of employing the right people. All of this results in a unique and classy ski holiday experience in a convenient and friendly location.
All in all this may be a bit long, but if you are reading this you are probably debating wether or not to visit FranRick Lodge and KickSki holidays. well debate no more, you will be very happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FranRick Lodge is a beautiful 28-person chalet located right in the heart of Vaujany, near Alpe d'Huez, France. It is a modern building with excellent facilities and is situated just 100m from the lifts that link into the Alpe d'Huez ski domain. The Lodge is divided into 5 catered apartments, giving you the very best of both worlds - space and privacy when you need it, along with all the fun and convenience of a catered ski chalet. ... more less